This is a poem from the book
'Reflections of a Peacemaker'
by Mattie J.T. Stepanek
The Spirit of Success
It is in the spirit that makes school a success.
The spirit goes through different seasons,
And traveling through each season takes time.
During this time, many experiences
Affect the mind, and the heart,
And the essence of our being.
These experiences are shaped by people-
Our teachers, our friends, and our families.
Our spirits are gently, yet meaningfully
Touched, as we learn from these people.
And through these lessons,
We build our future and our life,
As we grow in the spirit of Success.
June 13 1999
I think Mattie was nine years old when he wrote that poem.
I find great wisdom in it.
Keep in mind how you may be shaping the spirits of others.
And how others touch your life.
It's something that has been on my mind as of late.
For more about Mattie Stepanek I am sure you can google it.